Karlovy Vary gets political

Redford meets the press as 'Queen,' Dillon build buzz

KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic — Stars at Central Europe’s Karlovy Vary film fest haven’t been shy about talking politics as the nine-day gala reaches its midpoint.

Robert Redford, attending as recipient of a lifetime-achievement Crystal Globe and presenting “All the President’s Men,” argued that U.S. reporters’ work today covering President Bush and Iraq is a far cry from the investigative reporting on Watergate done by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

“There are deep similarities going on, but where is the press? Where is the press?” Redford asked.

Crystal Globe recipient Sharon Stone commended the Czech Republic Saturday for its struggle against tyranny, and veteran oater thesp LQ Jones presented a restored cut of Sam Peckinpah’s “Major Dundee” on Sunday.

The 14 official competish films continue to screen, with a buzz surrounding the international premiere of Colin Nutley’s Swedish-British co-production “The Queen of Sheba’s Pearls” and fest auds lauding Matt Dillon’s perf in Charles Bukowski-inspired “Factotum.”

Fest opened Friday and will close this Saturday with a screening of “Sin City.”

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